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For this we need to become selfshaping human beings who establish a regime of the soul that is better at managing the inner conflictual multiplicities. Perhaps indeed we need to move closer to the promised condition of the over-human and again proceed upwards in our metaxy, our inbetween animality and over-humanity, reawaken the animal in ourselves and learn to respect the animal kingdom. The digital world, as it exists at present, without a sufficiently significant Dionysian dimension, powerfully reinforces established political orders.
The Greek word for error, hamartia, comes from the domain of archery and simply means that anyone can miss the target. ” The pagan meaning, by contrast, is very close to the Zen notion of missing the mark in archery. It has nothing to do with an inborn bad sinfulness. It can be corrected through training efforts. ” Christianity postulates that humans have an immortal soul that is entombed in a corrupt and corrupting body. The purpose of life is to save the soul, to avoid eternal damnation, and to achieve salvation, so as to dwell with the divine after death.
16 The ship metaphor is not limited to Lucian and may be found throughout the whole of antiquity (including Plato and beyond), but it is true that Lucian has his Hermes journey with Charon in various settings, collecting mortal souls (mostly unwilling) for a final transport in said ship… The image of the ship about to depart is a cliche, and toward the end of his own life Kittler too draws upon the metaphor. 3. Don’t go too far and be ready to drop everything when the captain calls, is still good advice for cruise-going travelers today, but it is the metaphor that matters, especially as the metaphor has a Norse resonance beyond its Greek origins.